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Bahrain denies killed teen was shot

Posted by on March 31, 2011 0 Comment

Bahraini authorities said Thursday that a teenager who died of injuries near Manama was not shot but had suffered a “fatal neck fracture,” in a statement on state news agency BNA.

“A 15-year-old… has died after suffering serious… injuries,” said the interior ministry statement adding that a police director general “denied… allegations claiming the youngster had been shot.”

“No clashes were reported at the area from which his relatives brought him to the hospital,” the English-language statement quoted the police chief as saying.

Bahrain’s main resigned Shiite-led parliamentary opposition group Al-Wefaq said Wednesday that Ahmed Sayyed Said Shams was killed when a police patrol opened fire with live rounds in the village of Sar, west of the capital Manama.

“A post-mortem autopsy conducted by the medical examiner revealed that he suffered a fatal neck fracture, badly damaging his blood vessels,” said the interior ministry.

Shiite-led protests calling for political reforms in Sunni-ruled Bahrain have left 24 people dead, four of them police, since February 14, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashed bin Abdullah al-Khalif said on Tuesday. Agencies

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